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Bexley Council could allow meetings to be recorded in filming debate

PUBLISHED: 17:10 03 September 2013 | UPDATED: 17:10 03 September 2013

Nicholas Dowling with the offending voice recorder

Nicholas Dowling with the offending voice recorder

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Bexley Council could decide on letting members of the public film in their meetings tonight.

It is the main issue on the agenda in the first constitutional review for more than two years - and people could be allowed to film the next full council meeting on November 6.

Council officers have recommended this along with the webcasting of up tp 80 hours worth of meetings, costing the council between £14,000 and £20,000 a year according to estimates.

It is an issue which has caused a great deal of controversy in recent months.

Local government secretary Eric Pickles has criticised Bexley for its stance while resident Nicholas Dowling was ejected from a meeting for trying to use a voice recorder in a scrutiny committee meeting in June.

Deputy council leader Cllr Colin Campbell took to the Today programme to defend Bexley, saying recording was up to the discretion of the meeting’s chairman and they are committed to openness.

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